Tennova Healthcare Medical Malpractice Attorney
With more than 600 patient beds, Tennova Healthcare is the second-largest hospital in Knoxville, behind only the University of Tennessee medical center. Tennova provides the full complement of medical services to those in and around Knoxville, including cancer care, diagnostic imaging, emergency services, and surgery.
No hospital is immune to medical malpractice, however. As we would expect with a hospital of its size, Tennova employs hundreds of doctors, nurses, physician assistants, radiologists, and lab techs—all of whom must perform their jobs professionally for patients to get well. If you suspect you were injured by a medical error, contact our Tennova Healthcare medical malpractice attorney.
Medical Malpractice Takes Many Forms
Patients are injured when doctors and others make errors or perform their work negligently. Some common examples of medical malpractice include:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Emergency room error
- Failure to diagnose
- Hospital bedsores
- Hospital error
- Laboratory error
- Post-surgical errors
- Prescription errors
- Radiologist errors
- Sepsis & Septic shock
- Surgery complication
Doctors and hospital administrators rarely admit to mistakes, so many patients are kept in the dark if anything went wrong. All they know is that they are not improving after surgery or other treatment. Indeed, some are seriously injured or sick because of the botched care they received.
Medical Malpractice Claims
Hospitals and their employees owe a duty of care to all patients. When they fail to fulfill that duty, injured patients can sue for compensation in a medical malpractice claim provided they can show:
- They had a doctor-patient relationship or were a patient at the hospital.
- The doctor or hospital breached their duty of care. In other words, they failed to provide the quality care other doctors with similar training and skill would have provided in similar circumstances.
- The patient suffered damages. Damages include monetary loss (medical care, lost wages) or pain and suffering.
- The doctor’s breach caused the damages. There must be a causal connection.
To file a lawsuit, patients must have the supporting affidavit of at least one medical expert. This person testifies that the claim has a good faith basis—in other words, it isn’t frivolous or too speculative. One reason to work with a law firm like Atkins Brezina, PLLC is that we have a network of doctors we can use to obtain this certificate. If there is a trial, these experts also make credible witnesses.
Most malpractice claims must be filed within a year of the negligent treatment, though there are exceptions. However, we encourage patients not to delay reaching out to a law firm to start the claims process.
How Atkins Brezina, PLLC Can Help
Medical malpractice claims require substantial medical evidence, which many injured victims struggle to obtain. We can request medical records, interview doctors and nurses, and consult with expert witnesses. We will also help you document your losses, such as the pain and inconvenience you are experiencing.
If a loved one died because of incompetent care, surviving family members might have a wrongful death claim. This type of lawsuit is very complicated, but our legal team is prepared to help represent you in this case.
Call Our Tennova Healthcare Medical Malpractice Attorney
Michael Brezina, III started this law firm to provide top-level legal services to those injured by negligent medical providers. Contact us today. We offer free consultations to those who suspect they were harmed.